MagSafe Power Adapter Broken

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacOCD, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. MacOCD macrumors regular

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    My power adapter broke for my MacBook, the wires are fine,nothing is wrong there, but when I plug it into my laptop, the light does not turn on. At one the light was on for maybe 2-3 seconds and quickly turned back off. I have been trying to find a diagnosis by using google, but all I have found was problems with the wires, not the adapter itself.

    I was wondering if any one had any quick solutions for this problem (if there is any) or if I just need to spend the 60$ to get a new one.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mac-Michael macrumors regular

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    Well first you have to figure out if the problem is with the adapter or the computer. Given that it's a magsafe adapter I don't think it's on the computer side. Can you borrow an adapter from a friend or go to an Apple store and use one of theirs?
     
  3. MacOCD thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have plugged in my brothers, and it works, battery in and out, I have also done an SMC reset but didn't fix the problem.
     
  4. peterja macrumors regular

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    The wires are probably broken at the joint, here's a repair video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20vLvXUfrIA

    I tried this though and I couldn't get it to work, it might have worked if I had soldered the wires together to get better contact.
     
  5. MacOCD thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, the wires are fine, they look perfect, they are tightly connected and don't wiggle.
     
  6. Mac-Michael macrumors regular

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    I would say it's a hardware problem with the adapter. Get a new one. Yeah, it sucks.
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If the computer is still under warranty, the power adapter is too. If it's not, but your brother's is... ;)
     
  8. MacOCD thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its not, but I can't pretend its my brother because they changed the MagSafes size and look D:
     
  9. peterja macrumors regular

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    oh, I didn't read your post properly :)

    As for boring expenses, the 85W adapter I got recently cost me the equivalent of $120.
     

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